I was part of a thread on here the other day about an FPV package drone and it got me thinking other than the ready to fly kits usually small whoop drones it is quite a tricky task on how to start FPV so I thought that I would share my experience in venturing into FPV from a complete beginner perspective along with a list of the kit I purchased to get me started along with the cost and a link of where to get it here in the UK.
After watching countless youtube videos and reading recommendations from @Wyntrblue FPV Guide I purchased my Radiomaster TX16s and battery at a total cost of £140.21 including shipping. I chose this radio for 2 reasons 1) it is compatible with a Simulator as it has a USB C port on the top of it to connect to a PC and 2) it will grow with me into the hobby but also will be easily sellable if I found that FPV wasn’t for me.
The next thing that I purchased was a simulator and after watching more youtube videos I opted for velocidrone I used youtube to setup my TX16s with the sim and spent several hours playing with the sticks and getting used to the feel of the drones in the sim.
Next I purchased a set of goggles I opted for a set of Fat Shark Scouts at a cost of £202.92 including shipping a very good set of goggles, really small profile for a box goggle and again pretty easy to sell on if I didn’t like it. I did purchase a set of leads from amazon so that I can connect them to my PC and use them with the simulator but I really didn’t use it much so I won’t bother linking them but if anybody wants the links for them just ask.
Next I purchased a tinywhoop drone the Eachine US65 DE65 PRO from Banggood at cost of £82.93 Banggood has some crazy coupon that saved me a couple of quid. I flew this around the house and my work place to start with it was almost impossible to control but after watching one of Joshua Bardwells videos on whoop style drones I used beta flight to add a 50% scaled throttle and this made it much more manageable.
Next up I wanted to get myself out of the house and outdoors, worrying that my flying skills still wasn’t up to a good standard I didn’t want to jump straight into a full 5inch drone and end up killing myself or somebody else so I opted for the Tinyhawk Freestyle 2 at a cost of £104.87 including shipping. This drone is fantastic for beginners as it fly’s just like a 5inch drone (Or so I am told as I haven’t flown a full size 5inch quad myself yet) but this thing rips and handles the wind extremely well (in acro mode) I had a fly away the very first time I flew this drone. I was only planning on doing a quick up and down flight to check I’d put the props on correctly and the wind took it and because it was in angle mode I didn’t have enough forward pitch to combat the wind so after 40 minutes of searching for my lost tinyhawk I found it and when I got it back home I connected it to beta flight and increased the pitch in angle mode from 30 to 55 so that this won’t happen again. although I’m now flying in acro mode so this no longer matters.
and this is where I am today I currently have an iFlight Nazgul5 V2 on order from banggood as my first full size 5inch drone at a cost of £162.03.
Next on my to buy list will be a Lipo battery charger and some 4s Lipo batteries (Any recommendations would be much appreciated)
And this pretty much wraps up where I am with my FPV venture and a little bit of where it is taking me. If anybody has any questions or needs any advice on any of the kit listed above please feel free to get in touch
I hope you found this useful in some way I just figured its quite a hard hobby to start out in and it is a minefield of information that is needed to actually get started so I thought that I would share my experience to hopefully help anybody else that is thinking about starting in FPV.
Many Thanks Deano.